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Cat run

How silently can you creep? Go head to head against the guard in this stealthy game.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Blindfolds
  • Newspaper
  • Oranges, satsumas or easy-peel citrus fruit
A Scout dressed as a cat burglar, trying to sneak through a house without another Scout - who is blindfolded - hearing them.

Before you begin

  • Scrunch up plenty of newspaper and scatter it all over the floor.
  • Put chairs and tables on the floor to act as obstacles.
  • Get enough oranges, satsumas or easy-peel citrus fruits for one each.

Play the game

  1. Everyone should gather at one end of the meeting place.
  2. The person leading the game should choose one person to be the guide.
  3. The guide should stand at the other end of the meeting place. They should be blindfolded.
  4. Everyone else is a potential cat burglar. Cat burglars try to get in and out of buildings as silently as possible, so no one knows they’ve been there until much later.
  5. The person leading the game should silently choose one person to be the cat burglar. They could point at them, for example.
  6. The chosen cat burglar should slowly and carefully make their way to the other end of the meeting place, where the guard is, and take the orange, satsuma or easy-peel citrus fruit that has been placed somewhere in the room. They’ll have to avoid the obstacles, and creep through the noisy newspaper.
  7. Meanwhile, the guard should listen carefully and try to catch the cat burglar in the act. If they think they hear the cat burglar, they should clap their hands. The cat burglar should freeze, and the guard should point to where they think the sound came from.
  8. If the guard points at the cat burglar, they’ve been caught! They should sit down where they are, so they’re another obstacle for the next cat burglar. The person leading the game should tell the guard they caught someone, and choose another person to have a go as the cat burglar.
  9. If the guard points at an empty space, the person leading the game should tell them they didn’t catch the cat burglar. The cat burglar should keep going.
  10. If they cat burglar makes it to the end without being caught, they should become the guard.

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Reflection

This game needed everybody to be active in a very specific way – they needed to mimic the stealth of cat burglars. How did people move differently to make sure they were quiet? People could take it in turns to share their ideas. Are there any other sports and games where people have to move their body in different ways? People might think about gymnasts, who are flexible and agile to jump and flip, or they might think about swimmers, whose bodies are horizontal rather than vertical.

Safety

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.